The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
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Current Opening: Informatics & Research Support Manager

If you have a disability which adversely affects your ability to complete an on-line employment application, please contact Human Resources by telephone at (580) 224-6230 or by email at nfhr@noble.org for assistance.
The Noble Foundation does not accept unsolicited resumes from individuals interested in future employment. Applicants must be applying for available posted positions and must follow the application procedures outlined.

Informatics & Research Support Manager
General Information
Field of Research:
Position ID: AD-581
Supervisor: Melanie Davis
Division: Administrative
Educational Requirements: MS in related field.
Experience Requirements: 5 years related experience.
Position Summary
  Position: Informatics & Research Support Manager
Position ID: AD-581


The Administrative Division of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation is looking for an experienced, insightful, and engaging leader for its Informatics and Research Support team. This team provides the researchers in the Foundation's operating divisions with access to many types of data analysis expertise, helping to further the organization's mission of advancing agricultural science and practices in the Southern Great Plains and around the world. How will you know if this position is right for you? You must be creative enough to integrate disparate data sources in insightful ways, inspiring enough to get the right people from across the organization working as a team, and resourceful enough to build a research analytics program based on data and techniques from multiple research groups. You must be experienced in analytics, data mining, and visualization. You must be able to view each data type as one piece of a larger puzzle, integrating it in creative ways to solve real-world agricultural and scientific problems. Sensor, geospatial, and bioinformatics data are all pieces of this puzzle, so you must be ready for a novel and exciting challenge. It is not often that opportunities to have such a profound impact come along!

Qualifications for the Informatics & Research Support Manager:

Master’s degree in computer science, business intelligence, bioinformatics, computational biology or closely related field required; PhD preferred

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in informatics and scientific data analysis is required. Experience with analytics, data mining, geospatial and sensor data preferred

Application Instructions:

To apply for the Informatics & Research Support Manager, applicants are requested to apply online by completing the application and submitting a resume, copy(s) of college transcripts, contact information for three references (excluding relatives), and a cover letter explaining interest in the position and career goals. If applicant does not have the ability to upload the additional documents they can be faxed to (580) 224-6240 (please include position number), but the application should be completed and submitted online. 

Applications will be accepted until a candidate is hired. Interested applicants should apply immediately.

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc.
Human Resources Department
Position Number: AD-581
2510 Sam Noble Parkway
Ardmore, OK 73401
E-mail: NFHR@noble.org
Website: www.noble.org/
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The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected Veteran status.
Job Description
 

Job Summary

Coordinate and manage projects for the Informatics and Research Support team. Provide strategic direction by identifying opportunities for innovation and process improvement in informatics strategies to support researcher needs. Provide team leadership by facilitating professional growth in team members and fostering an environment of teamwork, accountability, and technical innovation. Define management strategies for scientific data storage, processing, sharing, community standard compliance and quality control. Deliver analytics, data mining, visualization and data analysis services to assist scientific problem solving in a broad range of research topics.

Core Values

Integrity - Consistently follow the Foundation’s mission, vision and values in making decisions and taking actions; treat others as he or she would like to be treated; avoid situations and associations which could be considered inappropriate; avoid participation in rumors, gossip and subjective opinions; exhibit honesty and trustworthiness; be a consistent role model

Communication - Engage in open, honest and constructive conversations; listen; share complete and accurate information – appropriate both in content and audience; accurately restate the opinions and positions of others; build good relationships; remain approachable and accept constructive feedback as a way to learn; respect and maintain confidentiality

Safety - Perform all work, equipment and vehicle operation in a safe manner; assess the work area for hazards; recognize, correct and report unsafe situations posed by yourself or others; respond effectively to safety and health emergencies; comply with specific policies and procedures when performing safety sensitive activities; prevent accidents

Employee Development - Show initiative; improve workplace efficiency and practices; seek opportunities for your own professional growth and skill development; engage in continued learning by attending Foundation meetings and trainings, participating in educational programs, reading current literature, etc.; volunteer in the community; be informed; get involved

Accountability - Accept personal responsibility for the quality and timeliness of work; safeguard the Foundation as a steward of funds, time, materials and other resources; meet goals and deadlines; take ownership of assigned responsibilities and admit mistakes in spite of the potential for negative consequences

Essential Functions

Project Coordination - Prioritize and coordinate team's efforts; Assign project tasks and milestones; Provide routine activity and status reports for ongoing projects; Manage project assignments to ensure compliance with departmental and industry standards and best practices; Facilitate, schedule and coordinate team meetings; Communicate project status to management and researchers; Identify and prioritize requests in line with the progress of research projects in the Foundation; Serve as primary contact for team projects

Strategic Direction - Continually evaluate and recommend new technology platforms and initiatives to support researcher needs; Identify opportunities for innovation and process improvement; Provide the team with guidance and direction regarding implementation methods and technical requirements; Assist in the development of departmental standards and practices

Team Leadership - Mentor and facilitate professional growth in team members; Foster an environment of teamwork, accountability, and technical innovation

Informatics and Data Management - Define management strategies for scientific data storage, processing, sharing, community standard compliance and quality control, especially in relation to Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), data repository, geospatial and sensor data; Provide analytics, data mining, visualization and data analysis services to assist scientific problem solving in a broad range of research topics; Provide expert consultation, technical, and scientific support for data management

Support - Provide escalated support for both custom and purchased applications; Provide training on custom and commercial systems to end user community; Document system architecture and operational practices

Scientific Writing - Assist with grant applications and manuscript writing related to informatics components

Non-Essential Functions

• Responsible for routinely checking email correspondence and associated attachments
• Other duties as assigned

Education

Master’s degree in computer science, business intelligence, bioinformatics, computational biology or closely related field required

Experience

Minimum of 5 years’ experience in informatics and scientific data analysis is required; Experience with Perl, Python, Java or C/C++ programming required

Experience with analytics, data mining, geospatial and sensor data preferred

Certifications & Licensures

No certification or licensure required

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Broad knowledge of multiple disciplines including computer science, bioinformatics, GIS, data mining and analytics
• Effective team-building, project management and supervisory skills
• Ability to assist researchers with problem-solving and data analysis using computational approaches
• Knowledge and familiarity of relational databases and the UNIX working environment
• Effective presentation skills
• Ability to work both independently and in a team environment
• Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently

Language Ability

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and
legal documents; ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory
agencies, or members of the business community; ability to write speeches and articles for publication
that conform to prescribed style and format; ability to effectively present information to top
management, public groups, and/or boards of directors

Mathematical Ability

Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations,
and permutations; ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distributions,
determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling
theory, and factor analysis

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; ability to interpret
an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several
abstract and concrete variables

Pre-employment/Post-offer Requirements

Criminal background check

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The requirements below refer to regular, daily activities.

Physical Requirements

• Stationary Position over 2/3 of the time
• Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect, Position over 2/3 of the time
• Communicate, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express Oneself, Exchange Information under 1/3 of the time

Weight Requirements

• Maximum load required to push or pull in a workday: 21 - 50 lbs less than 1 time per day, less than 1 day per week
• Average load required to push or pull in a workday: 1 - 10 lbs 1-2 times per day, 1 - 2 days per week
• Maximum load required to lift in a workday: 1 - 10 lbs 1-2 times per day, 3 - 4 days per week
• Average load required to lift in a workday: less than 1 lb 1-2 times per day, 1 - 2 days per week

Vision Requirements

Close vision: Clear vision at 20 inches or less

Work Environments, Conditions and Equipment

Work conditions include a normal office/cubicle environment
Human Resources
The Noble Foundation
P.O.Box 2180
Ardmore, OK 73402-2180
Toll Free Telephone: (866)223-5810
Human Resources Fax: (580)224-6240
Technical Assistance
8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Central time zone: (580) 224-6297